Gerald Ray Cox

Gerald Ray Cox, 87, of Chardon died in his home on Sept. 20, 2019. Mr. Cox was born on Dec. 21, 1931 in Covegap, West Virginia to Lucian William and Marie (nee: Spaulding) Cox. He married Rosalie Ann Leetch on March 15, 1952 in Cleveland.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife; children Barb (John) Neely, Georgia (Wayne) Luoma, Jesse (Sandi) Cox and Adam (Maria) Cox; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

He was known for his sayings, “If man made it, man can fix it,” and, “You can’t beat me with your mouth.”

Mr. Cox was a retired G.M. mechanic. He was known for being an avid water skier and motorcyclist, and for his love to go fast and siesta in the sun. He chose to serve as a Jehovah’s Witness around 1975 and was a member of the Chardon Kingdom Hall.

Services were held at on Sept. 28 at the Chardon Kingdom Hall in Chardon.

Ruth Evelyn Merkle

Ruth Evelyn Merkle (nee: Jones), 89, of Munson Township died on Sept. 28, 2019. Mrs. Merkle was born Sept. 6, 1930 in Cleveland to Clifford and Evelyn (nee: Morris) Jones, and she has been a resident of Munson since 1973.

Mrs. Merkle taught kindergarten in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District for 25 years, retiring in 1987. She was a graduate of Ohio University and was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. For many years, after retirement, she worked for the former “Islands” in Chardon. Her greatest joy was being with her family.

She is survived by her son, Robert S. “Bob” (Barb Walsh) Merkle of Munson, her five grandchildren and her great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phil Merkle, whom she married Dec. 20, 1953, and her son, Jeffery Merkle.

The family held a service on Oct. 11 at the Burr Funeral Home with the burial at Fowlers Mill Cemetery on Oct. 12. The family suggest donations be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44110-2602 or Holly Hill Nursing Home, 10190 Fairmount Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065.

Camelia Rose Smith

Camelia Rose Smith (nee Krawsczyn), 67, of Newbury died Oct. 1, 2019 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Fayette County, West Virginia on Nov. 11, 1951 to the late Mike and Lucille (Oatridge) Krawsczyn, Jr.

She enjoyed collecting antiques, going fishing and boating. Mrs. Smith also loved spending time with her sons, grandchildren and taking care of her dog, Kahlua.

Camelia is survived by her husband of 20 years, Oliver; sons, Joey (Carla) Bice of Chardon, Billy Bice of Newbury and Bryan Bice of Newbury; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Michael Krawsczyn; sisters, Belinda (Jerry) Tenney, Debbie Krawsczyn, Tina Furman (Frank Boytz) Furman and Pam (Tim) Ackers; and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Rachel Ault; brothers Ted and Stanley Krawsczyn; and brother-in-law, Terry Furman.

A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.

Barbara Ann Pollack

Barbara Ann Pollack (Paliyan), 74, of Munson Township died Oct. 5, 2019 in Claridon Township.

Mrs. Pollack was born on March 13, 1945 in Cleveland to John F. and Jennie (nee: Haberek) Paliyan. She lived in the Bass Lake Community of Munson Township for the past 46 years.

Mrs. Pollack was a graduate of Marymount Catholic High School (now Trinity High School) in Garfield Heights in 1963. She earned her bachelor’s degree in primary education from St. John College in Cleveland in 1967, followed by a master’s degree in specialized education.

She became a reading specialist and taught reading at St. Mary Catholic School in Chardon and within the Chardon Local School District. She retired in 2006 after 30 years of service.

She was an active member of the Chardon Garden Club and a volunteer Master Gardener through The Ohio State University with Geauga County. She was also a member of the Church of St. Mary in Chardon.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry Pollack, son Jeffrey Pollack (Lauren), four grandchildren and her sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John Paliyan.

Calling hours were on Oct. 8 at the Burr Funeral Home in Chardon. A funeral Mass was Oct. 9 at the Church of St. Mary. The family suggests donations to Geauga County Parkinson’s Boxing of the Geauga County Department on Aging.